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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare

I should preface this review by saying that I was a "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" superfan when I was younger. I watched every episode enough times that I could quote whole scenes, I had read all the tie-in novels and graphic novels that were available and I could probably even school the writer's of the show on Buffy trivia. 

And even though Buffy is 20-something-years-old now and its been a few years since I watched an episode, I'm still nostalgic and fond of the "Scooby Gang" and all seven seasons, so when I found out that there was a new graphic novel coming out, I had to have it --- and it did not disappoint. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: New School Nightmare by Carolyn Nowak was a delight.

"Everything I loved about the Buffy TV series is showcased here...It's a quick but fun read and one that I hope brings new fans to the series."

It's not the same Buffy that I remember --- it's a reboot! Set in Cleveland (the fictional other Hellmouth --- a portal that attracts all the monsters that go bump in the night), the graphic novel begins as Buffy and her mother have recently moved from LA, much like in the series' first episode, though Buffy was in high school and just moved to Sunnydale. She's younger too --- getting called as a Slayer as a middle schooler instead of high schooler. Instead of Xander, Cordelia and Giles, Buffy meets Saraina and Alvaro and Ms. Sparks (Sparky), her Watcher. 

Buffy has to tackle middle school and her new responsibilities as a slayer as she tries to fit in and make her mom proud. The set up, a graphic novel format reminiscent of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID or DORK DIARIES, is so fun and adds a new perspective for readers who might not be familiar with Buffy. It also gives us more insight into a younger Buffy that older fans of the series (maybe even some parents who are reading with their kids!) might enjoy and recognize from the Buffy they knew before. For example, she names her stake (the wooden weapon that kills vampires) Mr. Pointy --- the same nickname 16-year-old Buffy gave the stake in the TV series. 

If you think you might miss Buffy without her scoobies --- no need to worry. Her new friends are just as entertaining and fun to read about. And Ms. Sparky is no Giles but she's just as good at pretending to care more about her duty as a Watcher than Buffy. I also love that her new friends have their own plot-lines and focus of the books, it makes a nice foundation for a series of future graphic novels. I can't wait!

Everything I loved about the Buffy TV series is showcased here --- but instead of being drawn out into seven seasons, we get reintroduced in one graphic novel. It's a quick but fun read and one that I hope brings new fans to the series. 

Reviewed by Brianna Robinson on November 29, 2018

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare
by Carolyn Nowak